3 reasons Steelers fans should root for Bengals to win AFC

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) carries the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds (34).
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) carries the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds (34). /
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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9). Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /

With the final two teams in the AFC title race being the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, Steelers fans should probably root for the former.

Steelers Nation is between a rock and a hard place when deciding who to root for in this season’s AFC title game coming up this weekend, as the two participants are the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Being a Pittsburgh fan, there are obviously multiple reasons to hope for the downfall of both powers. However, there are also some perspectives that make the ideas of them winning the American Football Conference not so bad.

Today, we are just going to focus on one of the two options, the Cincinnati Bengals. The idea of wanting them to make a Super Bowl is nauseating at face value, but this time around might not be the end of the world. In fact, it might also be good for the sport.

Without further ado, here are three reasons that Steelers fans might want the Bengals to snatch the AFC title this weekend.

Reason No. 1: Cincy would mix things up

The Bengals may not have been the first answer heard upon asking Steelers fans who they’d like to win the conference, but it’s certainly not the last, either.

Since Pittsburgh has last made a Super Bowl of their own, the AFC has been all Brady (with a few exceptions). However, the past couple of runs have finally seen someone new–but only someone, and that is Patrick Mahomes.

Under Mahomes’s leadership, the Kansas City Chiefs have made two Super Bowls straight and are looking to make a third on Sunday. In other words, he’s on the verge of becoming Brady 2.0 as far as the AFC is concerned.

While Cincinnati is a huge rival, they haven’t seen a Super Bowl run in 33 years. This goes without mentioning that they have never won a Super Bowl upon appearing in one, either. So, if they were to make it to that stage again, it wouldn’t be the end of the world (especially if they lost on it in the process).